Who saw this one coming? As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Chris Bosh has decided against joining the Houston Rockets and instead will stay with the Miami Heat for a reported five-year, $118 million deal. With LeBron James heading off to Cleveland, it certainly seems like a questionable decision.
Chris Bosh is finalizing an agreement to return to Miami on a five-year, $118M deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
This deal makes sense only — ONLY — if Bosh feels that he’s a No. 1 man and he’s going to play that way. The last time Bosh was his team’s top option, he put together an extremely good season. Back in 2009-10 for the Toronto Raptors, Bosh scored 24.0 points per game to go with his 10.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He shot 51.8 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from the 3-point line.
The Heat are obviously not done, as they still have plenty of cap space with which to work. Remember — they were looking at keeping the Big Three together. Now that Bosh is getting LeBron’s money, someone can fall in behind to get a healthy deal. Perhaps a three-time NBA champion? Perhaps a guy who’s beloved in the city so much they unofficially renamed it Wade County?
It also raises some very interesting questions about Pat Riley‘s motives here. He knows that he doesn’t want to let the team go back into a full rebuilding mode, but at the same time, he can’t let Wade and the Heat fans down. The idea of bringing Wade and Bosh back together sounds fine on paper, but if Wade’s knees are finished, he won’t be as much help and the onus will go onto Bosh’s shoulders.
Would a Bledsoe/Wade/McRoberts/Bosh foursome be as good as last year’s team?